Toronto – July 25, 2012
Stratford actor Dion Johnstone continues to hone his acting skills in upcoming television productions as he plays the wrongly convicted brother of Detective Ingrid Evans, Tyrone on the Showcase cop drama King. Also making guest appearances on The Listener as Harold Kalb, Dion plays an enraged protestor disguised as a waiter, eager to disrupt proceedings by hijacking the self-congratulatory speech; this episode aired on July 18, 2012 on CTV.
Dion will be appearing on CTV’s Flashpoint as well, playing Barnaby Howe, a senior project manager of a weapons’ manufacturing company. Action-packed Flashpoint depicts the emotional journey of the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU.
Returning to his roots from February to March, 2013 Dion will become Marc Antony in the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of Julius Caesar. Known for its vibrant productions, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is a leading international company reflecting on Shakespeare’s genius storytelling.
This actor has made a name for himself playing in major productions like Stargate SG-1, the world premiere of the Lord of the Rings musical, The Sea Wolf starring Neve Campbell and Tim Roth, and The Tempest playing opposite Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Notably, he also starred opposite Gemini Award winner Colm Feore in the Stratford production on Macbeth, which was also directed by Des McAnuff.
As part of Black History month in February 2012, Dion played William Still in PBS and Rogers’ docudrama Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, telling the story of one of the most important yet largely unheralded members of the Underground Railroad.
Sharing his skills as an actor, text coach, voice coach and mentor, Dion sits on the board of Shakespearience Performing Arts. Founded in 1996, this non-profit professional educational theatre offers GTA youth three separate programs which are the in school workshop which is taken to classes all over the GTA, after hours workshops and a summer experience workshop.
“Nothing beats seeing a young person who never thought of themselves as smart or interesting, unlock and embody a piece of Shakespearean text and suddenly have a new world open to them,” says Dion Johnstone. “That look of wonder mixed with new found pride is incredibly exciting.”
Since returning to Toronto, Dion has rekindled his bond with Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defence system, where he also mixes up his practice with Muay Thai and boxing skills, which is both street smart and fun.
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